Wednesday, April 2, 2014

B is for Banana Bread

I like to make Banana Bread and Randy (and his fellow volunteers) like for me to send one or two along with him when he goes away for the weekend at events that he volunteers radio communications at. 

(Imagine a lovely pic of a steaming loaf of bread here - I couldn't find ripe bananas and mine didn't ripen in time before this post went up. )

Start out with your basic banana bread recipe....

3-4 smashed ripe bananas
1/3 c melted butter
1 c sugar
1 beaten egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/3 c secret ingredient (amount varies due to mood!)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter and the secret ingredient into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix the dry ingredients and stir into the banana-y goodness. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour or until a knife stabbed into the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

my secret ingredient is......drumroll please!

Yup,  Malibu rum. 

The alcohol bakes off in the oven, so you can't get a buzz or anything.  It just leaves a lovely coconut flavor in the bread.   
This is a hit in my house!


Random weird foods that fit the letter of the day....

 Banana Flowers
The sign at the store says they are slightly bitter & starchy, are good sources of Vitamins A & C and to steam them and add to soups & stews.

The sign at the store said they are crunchy & juicy, full of beta carotene and they add zest to Asian dishes.


  1. I have never cooked banana bread, but sounds very yum

    Shere y Paul

  2. Mmmmm. My lovely wife just made some banana bread the other day. Yum, yum, freakin' yum.

    Happy A to Z-ing. See ya 'round the web: All Things Kevyn

    1. My bananas finally ripened, so I'll be making some today!

  3. Ohhhh man I bet the bread is amazing with the rum. Me want.

    KC @ The Occasional Adventures of a Hermit

    1. It is very tasty with the rum! I confess to eating some of the banana/rum mix with a spoon before adding the flour & stuff.

  4. Hmm, banana flowers? Never heard of it but your banana bread recipe sounds delicious. Do you put nuts in yours as well? I have some coconut rum too but my husband hates coconuts (how does that work it's his rum?). MEN! :-)

    1. I'd never heard of them either- which is why I took the pic, but didn't buy any. They're something that I'd try if someone else made it. If I don't know what they're supposed to taste like, how would I know if I cooked them right??

    2. And I do add nuts sometimes. I usually use walnuts, but pecans would probably be good, too.

  5. I am a big fan of banana bread and the addition of the rum sounds fantastic. I will have to try this next time I make a loaf.
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